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Superb - an author at the top of his game
on 28 February 2014
Many other reviewers have commented on the plot and its characters but I want to focus on Howey's extraordinary ability to reveal information about the world at just a fast enough rate to keep the reader turning the pages. To begin with, he's revealing the world of the silo, so the reader is learning about the status quo, but, pretty quickly, we start learning things at the same time as the lead characters (although sometimes what they and we learn turns out to be untrue). And the true genius is that you don't know what's going to be the next revelation with one exception, for me at least - it was pretty obvious who was in the airlock right at the end.
Howey's not afraid to kill off characters strong enough to have entire novels based on them but doesn't take this too far - once we're into the third act the novel follows a more conventional path but is none the worse for that.
So, if you're someone who enjoys "hard" SF, this is the best example I've seen in a long time. If you have any ambitions to write popular fiction, you should study this book as an example of the author's craft at its very best.